Storytelling; Emergence of a New Genre

I’ve definitely enjoyed reading the last couple of articles regarding Web 2.0 tools. What I found most interesting about this particular article was the idea of microcontent and social media. Earlier, I skimmed through Chris Anna’s blog about the topic, and enjoyed his reference to the 90’s internet. It helped me better understand what Alexander and Levine were describing when referring to microcontent (small bits of information within a website combining with other bits to form the architectural make up of a website). And yes Chris, I remember those boring websites with about as much charm as an old hooker. And the guestbooks? HA! Don’t get me started. Something I never really thought about until reading this was how drastically the internet has changed since the 1990’s. What was once just page after page of information is now a social and media outlet to everyone. The internet went from being a way of obtaining information to a way of sharing it; aka it became personal. Another thing I thought was VERY interesting was the “50+ Ways” section a la the Mary Poppins trailer. I never in my wildest dreams would have ever thought, or known, that Mary Poppins could convincingly come across as a horror film. Another thing I liked was the idea of twitter and how they have a characteristic limit, which in turn makes people get straight to the point, and its followers can obtain the important information, excluding the fluff. (I know I’m a little all over the place, but bare with me.) Twitter is so fascinating to me because you can learn about someone’s life as it’s ACTUALLY happening; on an hourly basis, where as before you wouldn’t get that kind of information until after that person’s life was over. It’s all a little overwhelming for me as you can see. LOL!

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